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M 2001. 06.20: dinesh <shihantha@yahoo.com>
Air ticket web site
The shrewd air traveller can get the best air fares from USA to ASIA(India,Sri Lanka etc.) and vice versa from the online website
http://www.weblinefares.com

? 2001.06.20: Mohana
Help me for Singapore!!!
I plan to visit Singapore and Malaysia with my wife and two school going sons during the second and third week of July. It is a budget travel. please help me with some budget hotels in Singapore. I can guide travellers on Dubai, Oman and South India.

? 2001.06.20: Jose R Grajales <jrgtmw@prtc.net>
Vietnamese Airlines
I need info for Vietnam Air Lines Security and others Thanks

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2001.06.20: viv crow <hhvc@hotmail.com>
Vietnamese Visa in China
I am a Brit intending to travel overland from China into Vietnam in November. I would like to know where I can pick up a visa en route in China, other than in Honk Kong or Beijing. Does anyone have any useful suggestions?
Editorial
HK is one of the easiest place to get the Vietnamese visa, but there are a few places in China where you can get the Vietnamese visa. I have not been to China so I may be wrong, but Kunming could be one of the places. Currently one of our researcher are researching China, soon we get some reports from him. I hope we can get the information. Please keep our site for the Chinese edition.

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2001.6.01 Ram Subramanian <ramas_98@yahoo.com>
Accommodation in SE Asia
I am a single male traveller, American citizen, intends to travel to Phuket (Thailand), Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta and Singapore end of June thro' July 20,2001. Could you pls recommend very inexpensive accommodation such as youth hostel, etc. and I am looking for a room in the range of US$20 per day or so. Thanks very much for your assistance in this regard. Take care and my email address is:
From Editorial
For the budget accommodation, in the SE Asia, official youth hostels charge at least twice as much as the counter part in private sectors. You should avoid those. Our site contains a lot cheap places. Please look the accommodation pages.
For Phuket, only budget accommodation you can find is in the middle of town. No cheap rooms can be found on beach. This is because Phuket is a place for middle class or higher. If you insist, you can find excellent deals in internet, such as $40-60 with swimming pool, a/c rooms, etc. But you can find better places for budget less than $20 in Koh Samui, Koh Panghan, Koh Phi Phi or Krabi. If you have any question, please let us know. We will do our best.

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2001.05.16: Fabio

Fishing in Thailand?
Just returned since 3 wks fm a short (4 wks) travel to Myanmer and Cambodia, I'm planning a new trip to SEA for next late-winter and take advantage of your offer.
Please, is it possible to travel by boat on Mekong from Vientiane/Wiang-chan to Kratie, for example, or even to sea? please can you get and mail some info? Subsequently, since I would like to visit all the "extended-Khmer-culture region", Cambodia, South Lao, Conchinchina/South Viet Nam, South North-Eastern Thai (i.e. South Thai Isaan land), can you recommend/suggest places to visit (beyond the well publicized, and indeed very beautiful, Wat area of Angkor)?
For example, is Phnom Kulen worthwhile? i visited Kbal Spean in the last travel: it was great, more magic than what I'd expected.
In Myanmer I happily visited the mysterious, magic Kakku, a forest of the 3000 small pagodas, in Pa-O land, Shan state, 2-3 hours from Taunggyi. It's not to be missed. Here I'm attaching a pick in front of a small Kakku pagoda of Cambodian (mon-Khmer) style, and origin (?!).


From Editorial
The area you are interested in is exactly our target this years. This area has many Khmer ruins and natural attractions relating to Mekong river.

I can tell you some information regarding to Laos however for Cambodia you may have to wait for 2-3 more weeks. Cambodia has just been opened up recently and I am personally looking for new destinations within Cambodia. Currently many travelers go to Cambodia but 95% of travelers visit only Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh. Some continue traveling to Vietnam. They don't discover Cambodia fully. I wondered and have been asking a few people who know about Cambodia, but only answer I got is that no thing else to see in Cambodia. Most guidebooks tell very little about new destinations. I will talk with travelers in Cambodia and I will report to you when I come back from it.

Regarding to Laos, there is no boat route from Vientiane to Cambodia because there are 2 water falls block the passage. French made a railway over Don Kone and Don Det to transfer good from N from the waterfalls to S of them. You can see the remains of the railway in S Laos. The border between Laos and Cambodia is closed for foreigners officially. Many travelers are now passing through the border paying $15-50 to Cambodia officials and not so much to Laos officials. It is very easy in Laos side to the border but in Cambodia side is not so easy. I am writing the details for the border crossing so please wait for it.

I personally think Khmer ruins are main attractions in Cambodia. The ruins which recently opened to foreigners are one just N from Angkor Wat where many lingas are placed in a holly river. I don't know the name of it. Sorry. Also one more which is accessible only from Thailand. Sorry again no name at this moment. I will get the name and way to get there after this trip. I feel I should visit and list all Khmer ruins.


? 2001.05.12: Gerald<hgm.appelman@quicknet.nl>

Fishing in Thailand?
sawadie krab, I like to know the best places to fish in Bangkok and up north, and I like to know which lure ore bate i have to take with me to catch the big ones. I know there is a pond in Bangkok where I can go fishing, but are there other places like NOI MAI pond and where excelly is the pond ??

Thanks for you reaction in front.


? 2001.05.11: karine<kletallec@yahoo.com>
Island near Singapore?
I'm living in Hong Kong actually and I go to Singapore on 24th of may, so I'm looking for a nice island closed to Singapore because I've a low budget. please tell me what is the best island to spend few days.
many thanks karine

? 2001.05.10: Michael
please tell me more about fake name brand clothes and how i can order them. Also what is the gem scam?

I 2001.05.10: Siu Ming<siumingk@yahoo.com>

Hong Kong Information
I am a guy in Hong Kong who enjoy your website very much. I would just like to suggest some information in Hong Kong that might help the travellers.

I think a lot of travellers will go to China via Hong Kong. They can actually take the train in Hung Hom Terminal to mainland China. There are trains from Hong Kong to Guangzhou every day. (But actually I prefer bus because it's cheaper). To come to Shanghai, there are trains for every two days. It costs HK$530, 825, 1039 for different categories but actually the cheapest one is good enough. For Beijing, there is also a train every two days. It cost $601, 934, 1191 and the cheapest one is also good enough. Both trains will take about 28 hours and it's a good choice if one does not want to take the expensive flight.

For KCR, it runs among Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun, which are in the northern part of Hong Kong. They seem not to be useful for travellers except they want to visit the outskirt of the city.

The site is also useful for me in checking out the details in Cambodia and Vietnam. Thanks! We are around 30 organic farmers in Denmark offers travellers voluntary work for board and lodging.
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? 2001.05.08: EveSigallMeier@aol.com
Is there an overland route from Thailand, through India, to Nepal? Also, how would I get air tickets form Bangkok to Katmandu and back to Bangkok via Delhi? Can you help? What is the cheapest way? Many thanks.
Editorial
There is not easy way to travel from Thailand to Nepal.
The possible route is
Thailand - Laos - China - Nepal via Tibet or
Thailand - Laos - China - Pakistan - India - Nepal

For your 2nd question.
It is possible to fly from BKK - Katmandu - Deli - BKK
I think Air India is the number one choice and may be Biman may have the route.

? 2001.05.08: bryan<mrbs69@hotmail.com>
I would like to find online someone that can translate English to Cambodian, and vise versa

I 2001.4.2: Eko
Indonesia Now
Greeting from Bali - Indonesia.
As I refer to the page of Indonesia, especially the rate over describe on your page is out of date and definitely need to be up date. according to the economical struggle which is happened in Indonesia since 1998, to day rate of USD 1 = Rp. 10.000, so it will be lot different with the prices on your page. I think this will help you to provide more accurate information to the reader of this web page. Thank you for your attention, and Best regards from Bali. Ups... Bali is 100% save for travellers from any country in the world, we are too far from the political or ethnic case which is happen here in Indonesia lately. Save and getting more cheaper for USA citizens. Have a nice day
Travelers Notes Asia other area

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2001.4.2 Soapbox<Soapbox@lineone.net>
Cambodia Visa for UK citizens
I work for a charity that sends teams into third world countries. I am trying to find out if U.K. Nationals have to obtain their visas for Cambodia before they arrive in the country rather than at the Airport as has happened in the past.
From Editorial
Regarding to your question, UK citizens can obtain a visa for 30 days at the entry points such international airports. Also they can obtain the visa at Cambodia embassies throughout the world. Normally US$20.

I 2001.4.6 Pomme<pomme@asiawebdirect.com

Asiaphoto News.
This is the second edition of Asiaphoto News. After the Laos Pages (1998) and the Cambodia Pages (1999) the Burma Pages are now online on
http://www.asiaphoto.de
They include more than 120 photos, a travelogue, links and travel information about my trip to the Golden Land in November and December 2000 and my answer to "Burma - boycott or enjoy?"

This was my trip:
Yangon - Moulmein - Mottama - Setse Beach (Kyaikkami) - Hpa An -
Kyaiktio - Bago - Mandalay - Sagaing - Mingun - Hsipaw - Mandalay - Bagan -
Mount Popa - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Pathein - Yangon.

Asiaphoto.de is a travel related site that is not mainly focused on political issues. However, in the case of Burma you can't simply overlook those issues if you want to understand the situation the people have to live in. When viewing the photos on my site, please be aware of the reality behind these pictures, which often give us the impression of a true paradise. The reality is different...

Feedback, suggestions, additional info and interesting links are highly appreciated. I hope you like it and look forward to seeing you again soon. Welcome to Asiaphoto!

Good travels, Bernie


I 2001.4.6 Pomme<pomme@asiawebdirect.com

The Official Website for Travel in the Greater Mekong Subregion
http://visit-mekong.com
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Visit-Mekong.com is Official Website for travel in the Greater Mekong Subregion, produced by ETC Asia on behalf of the Tourism Working Group of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Programme. The project is produced on the basis of Public / Private Sector Partnership and coordinated between ETC Asia and The Agency for Coordinating Mekong Tourism Activities, based at the headquarters of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Bangkok. The stakeholders include the Ministries and Tourism Authorities of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of China as well as the United Nations (ESCAP and UN Environment Programme), Asian Development Bank, World Tourism Organisation and the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Details of these stakeholders can be found at http://visit-mekong.com/welcome/

ETC Asia Co., Ltd
9/17 Moo 6 Thepkasattri Road, T. Rasada A. Muang
Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tel: + 66 76 236550, Fax: + 66 76 236542
info@etc-etcetera.com, http://etc-etcetera.com


I 2001.4.5: Tapa King
LAOS TRAVELOGUE
Our travelogue for Laos year 2000, including tips on Bangkok,Thailand as well as Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
tapa-king@lycos.com
http://tapa-king.tripod.com/index.html

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20001.03.21: Elsa S. Correonero <elsa@comunicacona.com>
Open Dive Course?
I would like to recivered informacion about some place were to open drive.
From Editorial
Regarding to your question, there are many good places where you can have a nice lesson for open water. Koh Phi Phi is expensive, 9990Baht, but Koh Tao, Krabi, you can do with 7500B. Now $1=43B. It is very good deal now.

? 20001.03.21: max zauke <mdzauke@aol.com>
I am looking for info about a sap in jachymov-nam lu- ak. behounka. looking for four brochures, prices and would handles this in the us. thanks

I 2001.03.18: Bernie <webmaster@asiaphoto.de>

Asiaphoto Travelogues & Pictures
this is the second edition of asiaphoto news. After the Laos Pages (1998) and the Cambodia Pages (1999) the Burma Pages are now online on
http://www.asiaphoto.de

They include more than 120 photos, a travelogue, links and travel information about my trip to the Golden Land in November and December 2000 and my answer to "Burma - boycott or enjoy?"

This was my trip:
Yangon - Moulmein - Mottama - Setse Beach (Kyaikkami) - Hpa An -Kyaiktio - Bago - Mandalay - Sagaing - Mingun - Hsipaw - Mandalay - Bagan -Mount Popa - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Pathein - Yangon.

Asiaphoto.de is a travel related site that is not mainly focussed on political issues. However, in the case of Burma you can't simply overlook those issues if you want to understand the situation the people have to live in. When viewing the photos on my site, please be aware of the reality behind these pictures, which often give us the impression of a true paradise. The reality is different...

Feedback, suggestions, additional info and interesting links are highly appreciated. I hope you like it and look forward to seeing you again soon. Welcome to Asiaphoto!

Good travels, Bernie

Travelogues & Pictures
webmaster@asiaphoto.de http://www.asiaphoto.de


I 2001.03.21: Pomme <pomme@asiawebdirect.com>

The Official Website for Travel in the Greater Mekong Subregion http://visit-mekong.com -

Visit-Mekong.com is Official Website for travel in the Greater Mekong Subregion, produced by ETC Asia on behalf of the Tourism Working Group of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Programme. The project is produced on the basis of Public / Private Sector Partnership and coordinated between ETC Asia and The Agency for Coordinating Mekong Tourism Activities, based at the headquarters of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Bangkok. The stakeholders include the Ministries and Tourism Authorities of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province of China as well as the United Nations (ESCAP and UN Environment Programme), Asian Development Bank, World Tourism Organisation and the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Details of these stakeholders can be found at http://visit-mekong.com/welcome/

ETC Asia Co., Ltd
9/17 Moo 6 Thepkasattri Road, T. Rasada A. Muang
Phuket 83000, Thailand, Tel: + 66 76 236550
Fax: + 66 76 236542
info@etc-etcetera.com http://etc-etcetera.com


I 2001.03.21: Tapa King <tapa-king@lycos.com>
LAOS TRAVELOGUE
Our travelogue for Laos year 2000, including tips on Bangkok,Thailand as well as Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
http://tapa-king.tripod.com/index.html

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20001.03.05: Rick and Thea.
S.Thailand information wanted.
We are trying to book a hotel at the Krabi City SeaView hotel...so any information on this hotel would be good...too bad you aren't going to Koh Lanta as that is where we are going to spend the most time...but good information regarding Krabi would be helpful. Are you going to Bangkok first?...some good information on how to get from the airport to downtown would be excellent too. When will you return? Or...will you be able to update the site as you are traveling? If that is the case...we will be watching for your messages...We decided not to stay on Koh PhiPhi as it seems very expensive and felt we could just do daytrips from Lanta over to PhiPhi several times and still come out money ahead!...That would also be good information to have...the ferry from PhiPhi to Koh Lanta...cost and times.. Also while in Krabi City if you have a chance to check out Krabi Holiday Tours and see if they are on the up and up would be very helpful, we have been dealing with a lady from their office and she seems very helpful...perhaps if you have a need they might be the ones to check on?!. Have a safe and wonderful trip we look forward to your reports!
From Editorial
I have checked Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Railey, Aonan area. I have not complete the web pages but I pus some new information up to our site. Here is the Riverview Hotel information.
Riverview Hotel: 71 Khong Kha Rd. from the pier go left(sea is on your back side.) for 5min. T/F612536 a/c ab 500-1000B STV Fr HW, R C5 The rooms are bit smaller but excellent rooms. Rec
Sorry I could not visit Krabi Holiday tour. I missed it.
From BKK airport to downtown, it depends on where you want to go. But to the most of the places you can go with the airport bus with 100B. It runs until very late.

A few tips. If you take a night bus from Khaosan Rd, many thieves are operating on the bus, under the bus(luggage room as well) I don't recommend to take a bus to South Thailand by tourist bus.
If you want to take one from BKK to Krabi, I recommend to take Lignite tour bus from S. Bus station. To Krabi 710B for 24 seat VIP bus. It sounds expensive, but it has an excellent food and a lot of drinks. The value is much higher than VIP bus from Khaosan.
If you buy a boat ticket from Krabi, DO NOT buy them from GH or travel agents. Go to the pier and buy by your self. The prices are 50B cheaper. If your plan is fixed, buy all boat ticket(ex to return) at the pier, you can save a lot of money.
Koh Phi Phi is expensive, but if you stay Riverview Hotel, you can afford to this island. Food is cheap and it is a beautiful island.

I am going to Laos on 9th March. After that, you cannot reach me. If you have any more question, mail to me before the day.

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20001.03.05: Rita Lammertyn<rita.lammertyn@pandora.be>
Laos/Cambodia border crossing?
I am traveling with 3 other people in Laos and Cambodia. I want to cross the border in Laos to Cambodia by boat or by road. We want to visit Pakse and down to the border with Cambodia. Can anyone tell me if this is possible : We will have a visa for Cambodia before entering the country and if necessary, we will check out in Loas. When in Cambodia we want to visit Stung Treng (and if possible Bang Lung) and we want to go on to Phnom Pehn. Please your information is most welcome. Is the ferry from Cambodia Phumi Saen(Cam) to Muang Saen(L) going back to Cambodia ? Any help or information is welcome.
From Editorial: As long as I know, it is still not possible to cross the border between Cambodia and Laos officially. The highway route 13 has been paved from the Luang Prabang to the Southern border to Cambodia therefore I think it could be matter of the time the border is going to open. It is possible to cross the border unofficially. In fact many local Cambodia and Lao people are taking the ferry to cross each other. Last year, one of our ITIS viewers actually cross the border with one Cambodia motor bike driver and stay in Laos over night and came back to Cambodia. He paid some money to the border officials and the driver as well. No stamps on his passport so totally un-official(I am not use it is illegal or not because the Laos immigration officials let them pass the border.)
However I cannot take any responsibility for this crossing. You may have to take all necessary precaution and responsibility if something happens.

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20001.02.05: Katharina Kaiser<kath2111@gmx.de>

Myanmar(Burma) info?
I'm from Germany, 18 years old and I'm planning to go for one year to Myanmar.
1.) question: I'm searching for a language school, an organization or an university where I can take an intensive and cheap language course. Could you give me some addresses?

2.) question: Are there only the tourist visas for 28 days? Is there a possibility to get one for a longer time?


From Editorial: I am very sorry I don't know any language schools in Myanmar. I think University itself is still closed. I don't think there is any. But I could be wrong.
For the visa extension, yes you can do it. You can do it by yourself at the main immigration office in Yangon. Our information is a bit old but I think it is still possible to extend to 1 - 3 months. But the fee is expensive.
Immigration Strand Rd + Boo Soon Pat St. 2week extension -$36, 1-2 month-$72, T286434
Or you pay $3/day at airport when you leave.

? 20001.03.05: Mike and Tina<Trinh_chi@usa.net>

Hong Kong accommodations
1)
Do you know of any lower cost (20 USD or less per day- cheap,really) accommodations in the northern part of the New Territories (eg. Sheung Shui) which are none the less a 30-40 minute tube or train ride into Hong Kong(Victoria). Or cheap ferry ride for that matter.

2) What's a good web-site to search for home-owners (any where) who wish to
take in visitors for a short stay in exchange for speaking English with them.


? 2001.01.30: Bernie

Laos to Cambodia
Is it possible to travel by boat on Mekong from Vientiane/Wiang-chan to Kratie, for example, or even to sea? please can you get and mail some info?
Subsequently, since i would like to visit all the "extended-khmer-culture region", Cambodia, South Lao, Conchinchina/South Viet Nam, South North-Eastern Thai (i.e. South Thai Isaan land), can you recommend/suggest places to visit (beyond the well publicized, and indeed very beautiful, Wat area of Angkor)?
For example, is Phnom Kulen worthwhile? i visited Kbal Spean in the last travel: it was great, more magic than what i'd expected.


Editorial
There is no boat route from Vientiane to Cambodia because there are 2 water falls block the passage. French made a railway over Don Kone and Don Det to transfer good from N from the waterfalls to S of them. You can see the remains of the railway in S Laos.
The border between Laos and Cambodia is closed for foreigners officially. Many travelers are now passing through the border paying $15-50 to Cambodia officials and not so much to Laos officials. It is very easy in Laos side to the border but in Cambodia side is not so easy. I am writing the details for the border crossing so please wait for it.

I personally think Khmer ruins are main attractions in Cambodia. A new ruins which opened to foreigners are one just N from Angkor Wat where many lingas are placed in a holly river. I don't know the name of it. Sorry. Also one more which is accessible only from Thailand. Sorry again no name at this moment. I will get the name and way to get there after this trip.
I feel I should visit and list all Khmer ruins.

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